Tasmania's Historic Buildings
Tasmania's isolation, small population and strong sense of community have all worked to preserve our built heritage.
Tasmania has many rare examples of early colonial buildings of national significance. In the north you’ll find Low Head Pilot Station and Low Head Lighthouse. Designed by John Lee Archer and constructed in 1833, it was Tasmania’s second, and Australia’s third lighthouse to be built. World Heritage listed Woolmers Estate and Brickendon Historic Farm and Convict Village, while Clarendon is Australia's iconic colonial mansion.
Down south in Hobart, the Penitentiary Chapel is one of Australia's most important convict sites pre-dating Port Arthur. Nearby, the beautiful Theatre Royal is Australia's oldest working theatre and a perfect example of intimacy on a grand scale.
In both our major cities of Hobart and Launceston, you'll also find many fine examples of nineteenth and twentieth century architectural styles including Regency, Victorian and Edwardian.
For a taste of more recent history, the perfectly preserved former Hydro village of Tarraleah evokes life in the 1930s with beautifully crafted timber cabins and a stunning art deco lodge.
Wherever you travel in Tasmania, there's always a story to be found in the local architecture and plenty of places to enjoy our cultural heritage.